DownStreet Art

activating downtown North Adams, MA since 2008

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DownStreet Art (monthly) Night Market

Calling all awesome local creative types!

DownStreet Art 2016 is all about keeping it local, which includes giving as many local artists, artisans, purveyors of interesting items, and makers of all sorts a chance to sell their wares as we can. To this end we’re planning a monthly night market to take place on DownStreet Art Thursdays.

We’ll be closing down Holden Street to traffic and setting up shop so to speak and we hope you’ll consider joining us.

Please feel free to share this email with others you think might be interested.

The monthly night market will take place on each DownStreet Art Thursdays (June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29) from 5-8pm.

Market will be held rain or shine and there are no booth or vendor fees to participate. Our space is limited, but we’d love to get a large range of folks. Preference will be given to those who can commit to the whole season. All the details and rules can be found at the link below.

If you’re interested, please complete the vendor form found here: by June 10th.

DSA Office Hours

DownStreet Art Program Manager Michelle Daly will hold open office hours from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14, at MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St., to answer questions, provide feedback or assist with proposals.

Interested individuals also may contact Daly to schedule a time to meet outside of these hours by calling (413) 662-5253 or e-mailing her at

“This is the perfect opportunity to talk through an idea, get feedback on a proposal or get individual assistance with the application,” Daly said.

This year, there are three opportunities for artists; DownStreet Art Projects, Creative Business Incubator and Call for Exhibitions.

DownStreet Art Thursdays will be held on June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.

Artists can apply for one or all three of these DownStreet Art 2016 opportunities. This year applications will be accepted online through

DownStreet Art Info Sessions

#getdown with DownStreet Art – Applications due April 15

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Here’s your chance to network, ask questions and learn about opportunities for artists and creative entreprenueurs or to sign up to vounteer.

We’ll be holding two Info Sessions:

Monday March 28, 6-8pm at MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main Street, North Adams

Wednesday March 30, 5-7pm at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield


Apply for DownStreet Art 2016!

DSA is back

Read the full press release.

The Ninth Annual DownStreet Art will feature four DownStreet Art Thursdays, participatory projects at city events between July and October, and also will debut a new creative business incubator program with the goal of supporting local artists beyond exhibition and performing opportunities.

“We’re excited to bring these opportunities to the artists of North Adams,” said BCRC Program Manager Michelle Daly. “We believe these changes will enliven downtown North Adams in a sustainable way, creating new opportunities for artists, downtown businesses and the community.”

DownStreet Art Thursdays will continue to be a signature element of DownStreet Art. This year, they will take place on June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 23.

The theme for DownStreet Art 2016 is Meet Your Neighbors, and in an effort to highlight the amazing talent of local artists, we are limiting proposals to artists living or working within 20 miles of North Adams, MA.

New initiatives

Building on the success of DSA and in addition to DownStreet Art Thursday events, MCLA’s BCRC announces two new artist-focused opportunities that will be available to the growing creative sector through the DSA program this season.

The first new initiative is DownStreet Art (DSA) Projects. These sponsored, participatory art projects will be part of city and community events held between July and October.

The second new initiative is the launch of the Creative Business Incubator Program, for which MCLA’s BCRC will invite proposals from local artists and creative workers who are interested in activating available spaces in the downtown, using available storefronts as pop-up galleries.

Through the Creative Business Incubator Program, the BCRC staff will work closely with selected artists to encourage their sustained presence in downtown North Adams.

As part of this inaugural initiative, DSA will provide each artist with an intern, who will work with one or two artists to create business and marketing plans. The artists also will enjoy support from a range of local experts who will serve as mentors.


This year, applications for DSA Projects, the Creative Business Incubator Program and the call for exhibitions will be accepted online through

Getting ready to #getdown in 2016

It might be cold outside, but we’re thinking ahead to DSA 2016. Stay tuned for announcements, calls for art and all kinds of fun.

In the meantime – here’s a look back at some more of our favorite moments from DSA 2015.

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